Byron Bay is a beautiful coastal town in New South Wales, Australia. With the Australian's easternmost point in Cape Byron, Byron Bay is a popular tourist destination for a beach holiday that is known for surfing, swimming, skydiving, trekking, whale watching, scuba diving and many other to do in this lovely town.
How to get to Byron Bay
* Balina Byron Gateway Airport (BNK) - 30 mins drive to Byron Bay
* Gold Coast/ Coolangatta Airport (COO) - 50 mins drive to Byron Bay
* Brisbane Airport (BNE) - 2 hours drive to Byron Bay
If you only have a few days to spare, I would recommend below attractions:
1. Cape Byron Lighthouse
When you visit Byron Bay, you can't miss out this Australia's most powerful lighthouse in the most easterly point of mainland Australia. If you visit during June - November, you may even have a higher chance to see whale migrating between Cape Byron and Antarctica. For those who are lucky, you can spot sharks, turtles, dolphins etc. If you are after some romantic moment, perhaps you can consider to visit for the sunrise/ sunset. I went during the mid day, so the mid day sun was way too strong for me.
The view from the lighthouse - spectacular!
* There are limited parking so you may want to plan for it if you are driving.
* some meter parking in the middle of the path to the lighthouse and more parking lots when you drive all the way to the top ($8/ entry in Feb 2018).
2. Byron Beach/ Wategos Beach/ Belongil Beach/Main Beach
I would say the common attires in Byron Bay are bikinis and topless men with beach pants. Whenever I went to a cafe for breakfast, a restaurant for lunch or dinner or even on the street from one residential to another, people were pretty much just came from or waked to the beach.
For the beach lover and surfer, you know where to go! Don't forget to put on sunscreen!
* There are limited parking at the beach area so be there early or try your luck!
* There are always queues for the restaurants or cafe during breakfast/ lunch/ dinner time so make a reservation or plan it well.
3. Minyon Falls, Nightcap National Park
For about an hour drive, you can visit Minyon Falls in the Nightcap National Park. Personally, I had a good view of the Minyon Falls from the Minyon Falls Lookout which was absolutely stunning! Those trees underneath, the cliffs (over 100m of rhyolite cliffs) together with the magnificent falls kind of reminded me of some scene in the movie Jurassic Park - okay, just my crazy imagination so just ignore this part.
If you have 4 hours to spare and if you are a nature lover with good stamina to trek, Minyon Falls loop walking track may be one of the activities you can explore.
* Just make sure you have the proper attires, insect repellent, water, sunscreen etc for the trip. I was once came back from a waterfall trekking trip with sand-fly bites on large area of both legs, that was a painful lesson to learn from.
4. Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens is 20 mins drive from Byron Bay. If you are a crystal lover, believe in crystal healing, spirit connection, chakra massage, enjoy meditation, tarot reading etc, this is the place for you.
The crystal castle is located in a rain forest spread across 5 hectares of lush flora and fauna. With such a huge area, you may expect large and medium crystals everywhere. The entry fee was approx $28 for adult day pass but they hire staff to take care of the garden and maintain the garden really well.
Address: 81 Monet Drive, Mullumbimby NSW 2482
* Were hats/ sunglasses or bring an umbrella and water as you may walk around for hours.
* There is a cafe - Lotus Cafe if you need some replenishment after the walk
* There is a gift shop if you would like to buy some crystals